Springfield’s biggest tourism attraction — Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium — is open, but employees are taking precautions to limit potential exposure to the coronavirus.

Spokesman Jack Wlezian said in an email “the safety of our guests and team members is our top priority.”

“To ensure a healthy visit for everyone, we are closely monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking precautions based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other public health officials.” he said

Those measures include:

• Enhanced cleaning:

We have increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning and disinfecting throughout our attraction, including a focus on touchable displays, railings, restrooms and surface areas.

• Offering antibacterial products:

Wonders of Wildlife was designed with your health in mind. Sanitization stations are abundant throughout the experience along with several restrooms along the visitor journey, to encourage frequent handwashing.

• Ensuring a healthy environment:

We are encouraging team members and volunteers who aren’t feeling well to stay home, and maintaining good personal health practices at all times.

“The vast majority of our visitors travel to Springfield by car from a regional area, particularly compared to other national attractions of this magnitude who host far more international travelers,” Wlezian added.

“Currently there are no plans to close or adjust visitors though the team will continue to evaluate if circumstances change. We have not seen any decline in attendance.”

Wlezian said visitors will still be able to touch the rays at one of WOW’s most popular exhibits.

“Visitors can still get hands-on with stingrays and other live exhibits; CDC guidelines indicate the current coronavirus form is a human infection with no evidence that it can be transmitted from human to animal,” he said.

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